Hill AFB Compatible Use Plan Overview

What is the Compatible Use Plan?

The Hill AFB Compatible Use Plan is a cooperative planning effort between Layton City, Clearfield City, Ogden City, Riverdale City, Roy City, South Ogden City, South Weber City, Sunset City, Uintah City, City of Washington Terrace, Davis County, Weber County, Hill AFB [including the Utah Test and Training Range (UTTR) and Little Mountain Test Facility], state and federal agencies, and other affected stakeholders that addresses compatible use planning and communication around Hill AFB and its testing and training facilities. The Hill AFB CUP is funded by a grant from the Department of Defense (DoD) Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) and contributions by the CUP sponsor, Layton City.  The CUP effort can directly benefit both the military and surrounding region by:

  • Protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public and Hill AFB personnel;
  • Preserving long-term compatibility between Hill AFB and the surrounding communities to support existing and future operations;
  • Sustaining economic vitality of the communities;
  • Enhancing communication and coordination between Hill AFB and community officials; and
  • Providing tools to assist with informed decision-making.

What is the Goal and Objectives of the Compatible Use Plan?

The goal of the Hill AFB CUP is to reduce potential conflicts between the installation and surrounding communities while still accommodating new compatible growth and economic development.  

The objectives of the CUP program are:


Bringing together community and military representatives to discuss compatibility issues in an open forum that considers both community and military perspectives and needs.


Encouraging cooperative land use and resource planning among the military and surrounding communities to ensure compatible community growth and reduce operational impacts on lands within the CUP Study Area.


Providing a set of mutually supported tools and procedures through which local jurisdictions, agencies, the military, and other stakeholders can implement appropriate recommendations that are developed during the CUP.

What Will the Hill AFB Compatible Use Plan provide?

The Hill AFB CUP will provide stakeholders with:

  • An assessment of existing land uses, potential growth areas, and economic development opportunities around Hill AFB
  • Information to assist surrounding communities with informed decision-making regarding compatibility
  • Recommended strategies to promote compatible use planning around Hill AFB CUP and within the surrounding communities

What Is Compatibility?

Compatibility, in relationship to military readiness, is the balance and / or compromise between community and military needs and interests.  The goal of compatibility planning is to promote an environment where both entities can coexist successfully.  Existing conditions data for the CUP Study Area obtained from the CUP Policy Committee, Advisory Committee, other stakeholders and the public will be assessed to identify current and future compatibility issues.  This assessment will also identify the influence of regulatory measures on land use decisions and consider existing and projected development trends within the CUP Study Area.  A set of 25 compatibility factors will be considered to identify the specific issues that influence compatibility in the Hill AFB region.  While all factors will be assessed initially, strategies for mitigating incompatible activities and proactively addressing future compatibility will only be developed for factors shown to be of concern in the Hill AFB Study Area.


Compatibility factors are used as a to identify a comprehensive set of compatibility concerns within proximity to Hill AFB.  The 25 compatibility factors will be the basis for issue development in the Hill AFB CUP:

Social Factors

Communication / Coordination

Cultural Resources

Housing Availability

Legislative Initiatives

Public Trespassing

Public Services


Water Quality / Quantity


Air Quality

Scarce Natural Resources

Land / Air Space Competition

Biological Resources

Frequency Spectrum Capacity


Anti-Terrorism / Force Protection

Roadway Capacity

Energy Development


Frequency Spectrum Impedance / Interference

Vertical Obstructions

Infrastructure Extensions


Land Use

Light and Glare


Dust / Smoke / Steam

What ARE Compatible use plan recommendations?

The CUP will result in recommendations developed by the project stakeholders that they can implement to address compatibility issues and guide compatible development in the future.  The recommendations provide tailored options for the different stakeholders, understanding that a one-size fits-all approach is not appropriate for all stakeholders. Once the CUP is completed, it will be important for the stakeholders to move forward with implementing recommendations.  The CUP recommendations can generally be categorized into six key areas:

  • Communication
  • Coordination
  • Information
  • Partnerships
  • Policy
  • Regulations

The majority of issues can be addressed through non-regulatory approaches that promote enhanced communication, collaboration, and education, but some recommendations may involve amendments to community general plans and land use controls, such as zoning, subdivision regulations, and building codes, etc.

Copyright Matrix Design Group, 2022

This plan was prepared under contract with Layton City, Utah, with financial support from the Department of Defense Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. The content reflects the views of the key CUP partners involved in the development of this plan and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation.